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01/15/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/15/2020 09:26

Democrats Urgently Wait A Month Before Sending Impeachment Articles To Senate

Democrats Urgently Wait A Month Before Sending Impeachment Articles To Senate


The Facts:


Today, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats will vote to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate after delaying for over a month .

The vote to transmit the articles comes over a month after Democrats proclaimed their ' sense of urgency ' in the need to impeach the President, underscoring that this has been purely about politics from the beginning.

One of Pelosi's aides said she got inspiration for the delay tactic on impeachment from John Dean a former White House counsel to Richard Nixon, who plead guilty to obstruction of justice .

Despite Pelosi's claims to the contrary, members of her own party contradicted the Speaker, saying she did not have any leverage over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Democrats such as Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), said she didn't understand Pelosi's delay strategy.

Senator Jon Tester (D-Ca) said he didn't know what leverage his own party had on stalling the impeachment process.

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) said Pelosi should move forward since the delay is 'starting to lose leverage.'

CNN: 'Nancy Pelosi gambled and lost on the impeachment delay.'

The Washington Post reported that Democrats were calling Pelosi's efforts in private ' a failed strategy .'

Democrats in the House and Senate joined Republicans in the push to send articles of Impeachment to the Senate.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said that the Senate should get started on the next steps in the impeachment process.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) said 'I think the time has passed, she should send the articles over.'

Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) stated that he believes 'most people are ready to get moving on this.'

Senator Angus King (I-ME) said he believes Pelosi's delay doesn't put in pressure on the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) urged Pelosi saying 'I think it's time' to send over the articles.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D- MD) said he was concerned about the delay and that 'we're very eager to see that things move forward.

The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith (D- WA) urged Pelosi to move the process to the next phase.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said that the American are wanting the next step in impeachment to happen 'sooner rather than later.'


More independent voters in Iowa disapprove impeachment (48%) than approve (39%).

Michigan voters have continued to oppose the impeachment and removal of the President as 51% disapprove.

According to Gallup, there has been a rise in the President's approval ratings since impeachment hearings started in the fall.



Today, After Nancy Pelosi's Flawed Delay Strategy Imploded, The House Will Vote To Send The Articles Of Impeachment To The Senate

Pelosi Announced The House Will Vote To Send The Articles Of Impeachment To The Senate Today. ' Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House will vote Wednesday on a resolution to transmit the articles of impeachment, clearing the last major hurdle before the Senate the trial.' ( Politico , 01/14/20)

Despite Democrats Proclaimed Sense Of Urgency Concerning Impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi Stalled On A Vote On Impeachment Articles For Over A Month. 'Last week, Pelosi said she would send over the two articles of impeachment this week, more than a month after House Democrats adopted them. Despite Democrats' professed sense of urgency in passing the articles, Pelosi had delayed sending the charges over, or name the trial's House managers, until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announces how the trial will proceed.' ( Atlanta Journal Constitution , 1/13/20)

According To Pelosi's Aide: Pelosi Got The Inspiration For The Impeachment Delay Tactic From Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean. 'Pelosi, according to an aide, had been mulling the tactic since she heard former Nixon White House counsel John Dean float the idea on CNN on Dec. 5. In the committee meeting, she added that she believed McConnell would be motivated to move. 'Somebody said to me today that he may not even take up what we send. [But] then [Trump] will never be vindicated,' she said, according to the aide in the room. 'He will be impeached forever. Forever. No matter what the Senate does.'' ( Time , 01/09/20)

  • John Dean Plead Guilty To Obstruction Of Justice In The Nixon Case And Was Disbarred From Legal Practices In Virginia And The District Of Columbia. 'Mr. Dean pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was disbarred from legal practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.' ( The New York Times , 08,20/18)

It Is Widely Agreed That Pelosi's Delay Tactic On Impeachment Was A Political Failure

According To Experts Pelosi's Delay Was Considered A 'Political Misstep' And A 'Short- Term Strategy To Harness Public Opinion.' 'Michael Cohen, chief strategy officer for Republican polling and data firm WPA Intelligence, is skeptical of that rationalization. If all she wanted to do was call attention to the process, she could have done it without complicating the politics for her fellow Democrats and pushing the trial back to a critical window when Senate Democrats running for president would rather be campaigning in Iowa. 'I don't buy it,' he said. 'There's no upside for her. She could easily have just held a press conference and said this process is garbage.' Cohen viewed the delay as a rare political misstep by Pelosi picking a very public fight she never had much chance of winning. 'She was trying to create leverage where it didn't exist and she underestimated Mitch McConnell, which you do at your peril,' he said. However, Richard Arenberg, a former longtime Capitol Hill senior staffer and author of 'Congressional Procedure: A Practical Guide to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress,' said Pelosi likely knew a fight over Senate rules was not one she could win, and delaying the articles appears to have been a short-term strategy to harness public opinion.' ( ABC News 6 , 101/13/20)

CNN Reported That Speaker Pelosi's Plan To Delay For Nearly A Month 'Failed.' 'Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement Tuesday that the full House would vote on sending the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate this week -- a move that will formally trigger the start of the trial against the President in the upper chamber -- amounts to a stark concession that her plan to delay that action for nearly a month failed' ( CNN , 01/14/20)

CNN: Pelosi's Goal Was To Use Her Position 'To Try To Force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Hand.' ' Pelosi's goal was simple: To try to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's hand. Pelosi wanted to use her possession of the articles of impeachment to yield promises and/or compromises from McConnell -- most notably on the issue of witnesses being allowed to be called in the Senate trial.' ( CNN , 01/14/20)

CNN: Pelosi Imagined She Possessed Leverage 'To Accede To Her Wishes,' When In Reality Leverage Didn't Exist. 'Which left Pelosi hung out to dry. The leverage she imagined she possessed to get McConnell to accede to her wishes didn't exist. McConnell was perfectly happy waiting while Pelosi held on to the articles of impeachment, probably believing rightly that these sorts of delaying tactics would look like just more Washington funny business to the average person. And he knew that whenever she decided to send the articles over, he had a majority waiting to open the trial without any promises made on witnesses.' ( CNN , 01/14/20)

The Washington Post Reported That Privately Democrats Have Called Pelosi's Decision To Hold Articles Of Impeachment A 'Failed Strategy.' 'In private, many Democrats have called Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's (D., Calif.) decision to withhold articles of impeachment from the Senate a 'failed strategy,' according to a Washington Post reporter.' ( The Washington Free Beacon , 01/12/20)

  • Democrats In The House And Senate Joined Republicans To Push Pelosi To Move Articles Over To The Senate. 'Some Democrats in the House and Senate have joined Republicans in recent days in saying it's time for Pelosi to send the articles to the Senate.' ( NBC , 01/09/20)

Numerous Democrats Have Criticized Pelosi's Delay Strategy

Ranking Member Of The Judiciary Committee Diane Feinstein (D-CA) Explained That The Delay Plays An Unknown Role, Stating That If It Goes On Any Longer It Shows That Impeachment Is Not Urgent, And If It's Not Serious Or Urgent The Articles Should Not Come Over To The Senate. ''Time plays an unknown role in all of this, and the longer it goes on, the less the urgency becomes. So if it's serious and urgent, it should come over. If it isn't, don't send it over,' said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top-ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.' ( The Hill , 01/08/20)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) Stated That He Believes The Senate Should Get Started On The Next Steps In The Impeachment Process. ''I think it needs to start. I really do,' said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). 'Let us do what we have to do over here.'' ( The Hill , 01/08/20)

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) Said That It's Time For Speaker Pelosi To Act, Urging Her To Send The Articles Over To The Senate. 'Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told The Washington Post on Tuesday that the time has come for Pelosi to act. 'I think the time has passed. She should send the articles over,' he said.' ( The Hill , 01/08/20)

Senator Chris Coons (D- DE) Stated That He Respects Speaker Pelosi's Concern About A Fair Trial But Said He Is Ready 'To Get On With It.' ''I respect the fact that she is concerned about the fact about whether or not there will be a fair trial. But I do think it is time to get on with it,' said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).' ( Politico , 01/08/20)

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Stated That He Was Ready To Conduct A Trial The Day The Articles Of Impeachment Were Voted On. ''We were ready on the day the articles were voted to conduct the trial,' said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who otherwise praised Pelosi for focusing on process over the past three weeks. 'At some point, it's appropriate to send them and in effect pass the baton to senators who are going to continue to insist on witnesses and documents.'' ( Politico , 01/08/20)

Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) Said That He Hoped That The Articles Would Be Sent Over To The Senate Soon, 'I Think Most People Are Ready To Get Moving On This.' CNN's Manu Raju: 'Asked Dem Sen. Doug Jones, who is vulnerable in 2020, about Pelosi withholding articles, and he said: 'I'm hoping they will come over here soon. I think most people are ready to get moving on this.' Jones said 'what concerns me more' is the GOP refusal to agree first on witnesses.' ( Twitter Feed , 01/07/20)

Senator Angus King (I-ME) Said That He Believes It's Time For Speaker Pelosi To Send Over The Articles Of Impeachment, Explaining ''I Don't Think Her Holding Them Puts Any Particular Pressure On' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.' 'In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday, Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with the Democrats, said he believes 'it is time for the speaker to send' the articles. 'I don't think her holding them puts any particular pressure on' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., King said. 'I think the key vote will come in the middle of the trial.'' ( MSNBC , 01/08/20)

CNN Reported That Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) Was Ready For Nancy Pelosi 'To Send Over The Articles' Of Impeachment to the Senate. CNN's Manu Raju: 'In a key sign, freshman Dem Ben McAdams of Utah just told me: 'I think it's time' to send over the articles. He's in a swing district who ultimately voted to impeach the president.' ( Twitter Feed , 01/09/20)

CNN Reported That Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) Was Concerned About The Delay Stating 'We're Very Eager To See That Things Move Forward.' CNN's Manu Raju: 'Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of House Judiciary, defended Pelosi's strategy but said: 'There can't be an indefinite delay. Obviously there's a constitutional and political clock ticking at this point. We're very eager to see that things move forward.'' ( Twitter Feed , 01/09/20)

CNN Reported That House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Stated That There Was Not Going To Be An Indefinite Delay. CNN's Manu Raju: 'House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told me 'no' there won't be an indefinite delay.' ( Twitter Feed , 01/09/20)

The Chairman Of The House Armed Services, Adam Smith (D- WA) Urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi To Send Articles Of Impeachment To The Senate. 'House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said Thursday that it is time for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to send President Trump's impeachment articles to the Senate, adding a prominent member of the Democratic Party in the lower chamber to calls urging Pelosi to move the process to its next phase.' ( The Hill , 01/09/20)

  • Smith Walked Back His Comment Stating That He 'Misspoke' And Believes That The House Should Do Everything They Can To Force The Senate To Have A Fair Trial. 'I misspoke this morning, I do believe we should do everything we can to force the Senate to have a fair trial. If the Speaker believes that holding on to the articles for a longer time will help force a fair trial in the Senate, then I wholeheartedly support that decision.' ( Twitter Feed , 01/09/20)
  • Smith Added That He Did Not Want The Articles To Be Sent To The Senate For The 'Very Simple Reason' That He Wanted The Impeachment Process To Go Forward. ' I am concerned that Senator McConnell won't have a fair trial and I am with the Speaker that we should do everything we can to ensure he does. Ultimately, I do want the articles sent to the Senate for the very simple reason that I want the impeachment process to go forward.' ( Twitter Feed , 01/09/20)

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) Said 'Realistically There Is A Timeline, There's A Limit. The American People Are Going To Want This To Happen Sooner Rather Than Later.' ''Realistically there is a timeline, there's a limit. The American people are going to want this to happen sooner rather than later,' said Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.). 'It did give us a couple of weeks, three weeks, to just keep pounding home 'what are they trying to hide?' But we can't keep that drumbeat up forever.'' ( Politico , 01/08/20)

Senator Jon Tester (D- MO) Stated That He Didn't Know What Leverage His Own Party Had On Stalling The Impeachment Process. 'Sen. Jon Tester of Montana said he's 'ready' for the trial to start. 'We need to get folks to testify and we need more information ... but nonetheless, I'm ready,' Tester said. 'I don't know what leverage we have. It looks like the cake is already baked.'' ( Politico , 01/08/20)

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D- MD) Said That Speaker Pelosi's Delay Is 'Starting To Lose Leverage' And Urged That Pelosi Must Move Forward. 'Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said Thursday that Pelosi is starting to lose leverage in her standoff with McConnell and suggested the process move forward. 'There gets to be a time that, I think, you might as well move forward with the process because things are evolving to a point that people will not even understand where we are, what we did, and the votes that we got to charge the president with these impeachable issues,' Ruppersberger said. Asked if a Senate trial should proceed, he said: 'How much longer will Nancy have that leverage? It seems she's starting to lose that leverage, so let's move ahead with the process.''( The Washington Post , 01/09/20)

While Radical House Democrats Push Impeachment, Americans Are More Against It Than Ever

More Independent Voters In Iowa Disapprove Impeachment (48%) Than Approve (39%). 'Iowa registered voters are divided over whether the House of Representatives made the right move in impeaching President Donald Trump and a plurality say he should not be removed from office, according to a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll. Overall, 45% say they disapprove of the House's move to impeach Trump, 43% approve. There are sharp partisan divides on that question, with about nine in 10 Democrats saying they approve (87%) as a similar share of Republicans disapprove (90%). Among independents, more disapprove of the impeachment (48%) than approve (39%).' ( CNN , 01/11/20)

A New Poll Show's Michigan Voters Continue To Oppose 'The Impeachment and Removal' Of The President, 51% to 44%. 'Michigan voters continue to oppose the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump, but opposition has slipped slightly since last year, according to a new poll. Likely general election voters opposed impeachment 51% to 44%, a slight decrease from a May 2019 survey when voters opposed impeachment 53% to 40%, according to a Jan. 3-7 poll of 600 voters by Glengariff Group that was provided to The Detroit News.' ( Detroit News , 01/08/20)

A New Gallup Poll Shows Approval For The President's Performance Continues To Rise Since The Impeachment Hearings Started In The Fall. 'WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Donald Trump's job approval rating has inched up again and is now at 45%. The president's ratings have increased six percentage points since the House of Representatives opened an impeachment inquiry against him in the fall.' ( Gallup , 12/18/20)

Vanity Fair: 'It Is Hard To Read This As Anything But A Warning' ( Vanity Fair , 11/21/19)

  • 'Impeachment Could Be A Losing Issue For Democrats Hoping To Recruit Independents In 2020.' 'Data exclusive to Vanity Fair shows impeachment could be a losing issue for Democrats hoping to recruit Independents in 2020.' ( Vanity Fair , 11/21/19)

Politico : 'Hears The Topline: Impeachment Appears - At This Point, According To This Polling - To Be A Liability.' 'HERE'S THE TOPLINE: IMPEACHMENT APPEARS -- at this point, according to this polling -- to be a liability.' ( Politico , 12/06/19)

A Marquette Poll Shows Support For Impeachment Has Dropped In Wisconsin, As Trump Leads Four Top Democratic Rivals. 'Support for impeachment has slipped in Wisconsin, according to Wednesday's Marquette University Law School Poll.' ( Milwaukee Journal Sentine l , 11/20/19)

On November 19, 2019, It Was Reported Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi's Polling Of Suburban Voters Showed There Was More Support For Dropping The Inquiry Than Supporting It. 'Brutal graf in @SpeakerPelosi's focus groups with suburban voters: 'There was a great deal of ambivalence about impeachment and apparently more support for dropping it than pursuing it.' Impeachment 'is seen as dominating the Democrats' agenda.'' ( Twitter Feed , 11/19/19)

The Hill Reported That Opposition To The Impeachment Inquiry Has Jumped By 10 Points Among Independents. 'Opposition by independents to the House's ongoing impeachment inquiry jumped 10 percentage points in the last week.' ( The Hill , 11/19/19)